UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WASHINGTON, D.C.

20202 Instructions for Using the Data Files For School Cohort Default Rate Reports These instructions are for viewing and manipulating files known as Press Packages (either DMS020 or PEPS300) that contain reports for three fiscal years of official cohort default rates for schools. Using the Data: These files have been compressed for downloading. After downloading, please use PKUNZIP, WinZIP, or another method to decompress the files. These are Microsoft Access 2000 files. If Access 00 is installed on your system, the files can be opened by directly clicking on the file name (e.g., 04peps300.mdb). If you do not have Access 00, you can read and manipulate the data using Microsoft Excel. To do this, launch Excel and use the OPEN function under the FILE menu item to open the .mdb file. If you cannot "see" the file, ensure that you have selected either All File Types or .mdb file types in the box in the lower left of the application window. DSM020 or PEPS300 Reports – Contains official cohort default rates for eligible schools participating in the Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs. The year on the report title indicates the most recent cohort default rate stated within the report; however, the reports give the two prior years of default rates as well. The headings on the report are explained in the chart below. File Layouts - The layout of the Press Package data is contained in the following table: Field Description OPE ID Institution Name Street Address City State Abbreviation State Name Zip Code Zip Code Extension Country Name of foreign schools Program Length (Bachelor, Master, Associate, etc.) School Type (Public, Private, Proprietary, Foreign, etc.) Current Cohort Year Number of Borrowers in Default for Current Cohort Year Type Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Char Width 8 70 35 25 2 50 5 4 50 40 10 4 10

OPE_ID NAME ADDR CITY ST_CD ST_DESC ZIP ZIP_EXT Country PGM_LEN SCH_TYPE YR_1 NBD_1

NBR_1 DRATE_1 AVG_1 PRATE_1 YR_2 NBD_2 NBR_2 DRATE_2 AVG_2 PRATE_2 YR_3 NBD_3 NBR_3 DRATE_3 AVG_3 PRATE_3 Eth_Cert Program CON_DIST REGION AVGOR_GE3 0

Number of Borrowers in Repay for Current Cohort Year Official Default Rate for Current Cohort Year Average Rate Indicator for Current Cohort Year Rate Program Type for Current Cohort Year Current Cohort Year – 1 Number of Borrowers in Default for (Current Cohort Year – 1) Number of Borrowers in Repay for (Current Cohort Year – 1) Official Default Rate for (Current Cohort Year – 1) Average Rate Indicator for (Current Cohort Year – 1) Rate Program Type for (Current Cohort Year – 1) Current Cohort Year – 2 Number of Borrowers in Default for (Current Cohort Year – 2) Number of Borrowers in Repay for (Current Cohort Year – 2) Official Default Rate for (Current Cohort Year – 2) Average Rate Indicator for (Current Cohort Year – 2) Rate Program Type for (Current Cohort Year – 2) Ethnic Code or No Longer in FFEL Program (Code “C”, “H”, “T”, or blank)[C=No Longer in FFEL Program; H=HBCU; T=TCCC] F=FFEL Participation; D=Direct Loan Program Participation; B=Participation in both Programs Congressional District Region Borrow Group Indicator (If Current cohort year rate is average and < 3 yrs data then 0 else 1)

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